Friday, May 27, 2011

God Bless You

I seek in prayerful words,
dear friend,
My heart's true wish to send you

That you may know that,
far or near,
My loving thoughts attend you.
I cannot find a truer word,
Nor better to address you;

Nor song, nor poem have I heard
Is sweeter than God bless you!

God bless you!
So I've wished you all
Of brightness life possesses;

For can there any joy at all
Be yours unless God blesses?

God bless you!
So I breathe a charm
Lest grief's dark night oppress you,

For how can sorrow
bring you harm
If 'tis God's way to bless you?
And so, "through all thy days
May shadows touch thee never--"

But this alone--God bless thee--
Then art thou safe forever.
~Author Unknown~

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Thursday, May 26, 2011


Just for today...

I will live through the next twelve hours
and try not to tackle all of 
life's problems at once. 

I will learn something useful. 

I will learn something
that requires effort, thought
and concentration. 

I will be agreeable. 

I will look my best,
be courteous
and considerate. 

I will not find fault with friend, 
relative or colleague. 

I will not try to change anyone
but myself. 

I will have a program.
I might not follow it exactly, 
but I will have it. 
It will save myself from two enemies
- hurry and indecision. 

I will believe in myself. 

I will give my best to the world,
and feel confident that the world
will give its best to me.

~by Ruth Bourdon~

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Living And Giving

Whatever you give away today,
or think or say or do 
will multiply about tenfold
and then return to you. 

It may not come immediately,
nor from the obvious source
but the law applies unfailingly,
through some invisible force. 

Whatever you feel about another,
be it love or hate or passion
will surely bounce right back to you
in some clear (or secret) fashion 

If you speak about some person,
a word of praise or two,
soon, tens of other people
will speak kind words of you. 

Our thoughts are broadcasts of the soul,
not secrets of the brain. 
Kind ones bring us happiness;
petty ones, untold pain. 

Giving works as surely
as reflections in a mirror. 
If hate you send, hate you'll get back,
but loving brings love nearer. 

Remember, as you start this day
and duty crowds your mind, 
that kindness comes so quickly back
to those who first are kind. 

Let that thought and this one
direct us through each day.
The only things we ever keep
are the things we give away. 
~Author Unknown~

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Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn. 

Be thankful for the difficult times. 
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,

because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character. 

Be thankful for your mistakes. 
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a effort. 

It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings
~Author Unknown~

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Making Friends

 If nobody smiled and nobody cheered
and nobody helped us along;
If every man looked after himself 
and good things all went to the strong;

If nobody cared just a little for you, 
and nobody thought about me
And we all stood alone in the battle of life, 
what a dreary old world this would be!

Life is sweet because of the friends we've made. 
All things in common we share.
We want to live on, not because of ourselves, 
but because of the people who care.

It's giving and doing for somebody else - 
on that all life's splendor depends;
And the joy of the world when you sum it all up, 
is formed in the making of friends.
~-by Ella Wheeler Wilcox~

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